Bristol surgeon wins prestigious award for research paper
18 October 2010
Pradeep Narayan, Senior Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Bristol Heart Institute and a postgraduate at the University, has become the first UK winner of the Hans G Borst Award for Thoracic Aortic Surgery.
He won for the research paper he presented in Switzerland at the annual meeting of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS) in September.
This prestigious annual award, launched in 2001, stimulates advanced clinical or experimental research in the field of thoracic aortic surgery by young investigators, as documented by an outstanding presentation of unpublished work.
Mr Narayan’s study looked at the treatment options for conditions affecting the descending thoracic aorta – the lower part of the main artery of the body inside the chest. Led by consultant cardiac surgeon Mr Gavin Murphy, the work compared open surgical intervention with minimally invasive or endovascular intervention (TEVAR). The study found that TEVAR had a better outcome for patients in the short term. However, the risk of re-intervention was much higher and in three to four years both interventions had similar results.
Mr Narayan has worked at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust for 10 years, during which time he has completed his higher surgical training in cardiothoracic surgery. He is now pursuing the higher degree of Doctor of Medicine at the University.